A fantastically funky full length set from Gizelle Smith – a hell of a great singer who's really been winning our ears with her funky 45s – now stepping out with an even more badass sound in the space of this album! Gizelle's groove is right up there with the hippest female singers in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful Orchestra —
Mood So ... CD Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ....
A group that really lives up to its title – and one with a sound that's proudly in the mode of the best Northern Soul of the 60s! The backings are full, and done in a style that's strongly inspired by Detroit soul of the Motown years – a bit rougher and more funky overall, given the ... read moreCD
Cool stuff from Stones Through psych/funk/sample hip hop hybridizers The Stepkids – gloriously coloring outside the lines on a pair of tracks from their Troubador album – with instrumentals! "The Lottery" mixes a lot of styles together in way that should be a crazy mess, but ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Al Supersonic & The Teenagers —
It's Alright ... LP Unique (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Al Supersonic has a mighty nice vocal approach on this retro-soul set – a style that's a bit looser and maybe more personal than some other singers in recent years – a quality that gives the the whole thing a pretty sweet edge! Al's a bit less "perfect" than some of the deep ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet grooves from this hip Spanish combo – one of the hardest-working deep funk combos on the European scene in recent years – and a mighty soulful one as well! Mayka Edjole sings lead vocals in English, but with this cool accent that really makes the music sound different – ... read moreCD
Continuing genius from keyboardist James Taylor – exactly the kind of set that supports all the faith we've had in his music over the years! James steps out here in a vibe that's very different than before, yet every bit as great – still keyboard-heavy, with plenty of Hammond – ... read moreCD
Sharply funky sounds from the third coast of Detroit – played by one of the best groups to emerge from the Motor City in years! Although the city's been known for its electric styles of the past few decades, recent years has seen a strong return to old school modes – and the Third ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight rhythms, though sprawlingly-inspired modern psych funk from Ultravibralux – and the first we've heard from this group – but as assured as it is, we're thinking we'll hear a lot more to come! The bass, drums and percussion hold together so tightly, the horns and guitars have a lot ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of our favorite funk combos take on a host of gems from the past – all classic soul and funk numbers that really expand the sound of Osaka Monaurail! The group first got their start doing a great riff on the sound of James Brown – but here, they move into Memphis soul, Chicago funk ... read moreCD
A sweet funky project from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's filled with lots of 70s funk elements, but which keeps up the groove we've come to love in all of his previous Patchworks projects! There's a great blend here between live funk instrumentation and dancefloor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most smoking collaboration so far between The Dynamites and vocalist Charles Walker – a singer who only seems to sound younger and younger with each new record – driven on by the sharp funky sounds of the group! Walker's got a way of stretching out a note that's rooted in 60s ... read moreCD
There's a gospel tinge to the title here, but the album's easily one of the funkiest we've ever heard from keyboardist Robert Walter and his 20th Congress band – a tight little outing that has the group hitting with a tightness that pushes them even closer to the deep funk underground than in ... read moreCD
Heavy congas, hard-hitting horns, and tight soulful vocals – an excellent debut set from Watch Out – one of the funkiest European combos we've heard in years! The group have a natural, organic feel that's very nice – a way of serving up the kind of full funky sound that you'd ... read moreCD
Nick Waterhouse —
Holly ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ....
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read moreCD
Nick Waterhouse —
Holly ... LP Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ....
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's ... read moreCD
Smoking soul from Nicole Willis – one of our favorite funky females of the past decade or two! Nicole's been making great records for awhile, but she really knocks it out of the part with this killer set – grooving hard with the Soul Investigators, in a raw raw groove that really gives ... read moreCD
Youngblood Brass Band —
Pax Volumi ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
Wonderful work from this combo who really live up to the "young blood" in their name – way more than just a standard brass band, as they draw on styles from a range of genres that include funk and hip hop, plus a slight touch of punk as well! There's an edge to the performance that ... read moreCD
A really stunning little record – way more than we expected – and our expectations were already pretty darn high! The album's contemporary – and features legendary Delfonics lead singer William Hart working with younger studio whiz Adrian Younge – who gives the whole thing ... read moreCD
A really stunning little record – way more than we expected – and our expectations were already pretty darn high! The album's contemporary – and features legendary Delfonics lead singer William Hart working with younger studio whiz Adrian Younge – who gives the whole thing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You may remember Craig Charles from his early work on the Red Dwarf show from the UK – but in recent years, Charles has become one of the best-respected funk DJs in the world – and a host of one of the hippest radio shows on the BBC! This smoking second set served to further illustrate ... read moreCD
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive music from the Record Kicks label – 21 tracks that have never been issued on CD before, including some rare singles, b-sides, and even a few cuts exclusive to the collection! If you know the Record Kicks name, you know that the label's a key outlet for contemporary deep funk and mod ... read moreCD